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Arts Focus: Spotlight Series Showcases Arlington Ensembles at Lubber Run Amphitheater

Experience a showcase of some of Arlington’s cultural gems in the “Spotlight Series,” the centerpiece of an extended outdoor concert season at Lubber Run Amphitheater. The series runs from Friday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Oct. 1. Unlike the traditional summer series, the schedule is designed so most ensembles will be in residence at the amphitheater throughout a particular weekend.

Arlington’s multiple Helen Hayes Award-winning Synetic Theater kicks things off with “Shhhhhhhakespeare Revue” (Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.) and a special 11 a.m. family performance of “The Miraculous Magical Balloon” (Saturday, Sept. 11). Rounding out the opening weekend is The Arlington Philharmonic with a one-night-only presentation of their popular “Pops For Pets” (Sunday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m.).

Avant Bard is on stage for the entire second weekend with “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” (Sept. 17-19 — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.). The power of poetry takes the stage with a showcase of Arlington poets, “Written in Arlington” (Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.)

With a special performance celebrating the return of live audiences, The Arlington Players are on tap for the third weekend with “Together At Last! A New Musical Revue” (Sept. 24-26 — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.). The Series ends with the contemporary dance ensemble Jane Franklin Dance performing “The View From Here” (Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.).

With innovation and resilience, Arlington’s resident ensembles met the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Pivoting entirely to online activations, their offerings ranged from movement classes offered for teleworking parents and their suddenly home-bound kids, to live-streaming presentations that won acclaim from the critics. Celebrate re-engaging with the arts via this special series, spotlighting Arlington’s wealth of artistry and talent.

Admission to Lubber Run Amphitheater remains FREE. This Venue will refer to the Virginia Department of Health (VDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for preserving public health. Access to the venue is first come, first served, and that may be restricted due to capacity. A face covering is recommended for all unvaccinated patrons. Those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering when outdoors. If you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, know you have been exposed or are feeling sick, please stay home. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to preserve the good health of our community.

So bring a picnic, some friends and enjoy some of the best performers that Arlington has to offer in the Spotlight Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater, located at 200 N. Columbus Street in Arlington (N. Columbus Street and 2nd Street N.). For detailed descriptions of the performances, visit ArlingtonArts.org.

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